Memories of World War II (the Emergency)
Interviewed for MAOHP - 30/01/2017
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_003_C
Location(s): North Strand Sandymount
Colonel Seán Norton enlisted in the Irish Army in January 1955 at the age of nineteen. Sixty-two years later, he sat down at Cathal Brugha Barracks to offer his memories to the MAOHP. In this clip, Colonel Norton recalls Pearse Square in Dublin during World War II (The Emergency) and recalls the bombing of the North Strand. The bombing of the North Strand area which Seán is recalling, occurred on 31 May, 1941 when four German bombs fell in north Dublin. 28 people were killed in the North Strand during the bombing. Colonel Norton also recalls around the same time being in Sandymount, when he saw an American plane chasing a German plane in the sky over Sandymount.